"Stories to Tell," Plein Air Watercolor
My daughter works in Vermont managing a horse farm. Lucky me! I feel so blessed that I can visit her and paint in this beautiful rural area of Vermont. This is an old dairy farm down the road nestled at the base of an expansive valley of steep rolling hills, winding brooks and wooded hills.
I've sketched it on past trips but this time I came with the intent to do a larger painting. The weathered wood and rusting metal are so harmonious with the fall colors. The textures and tired structures blend into the surroundings.
On the second day of painting I was delighted to meet Mrs. Nutting as she came down the long driveway from her house set on the hill beyond the barn. She stopped and came over to look. We talked about the barn and the little milk house. She paused and looked at the barn, turned to me and said, "There are so many wonderful stories inside that barn, you know." I told her that's what I feel when I look at these old farms. The stories are there. I may not know the exact details but I can tell there was lots of "living" in these old barns and farms settings. Weathered wood and worn places that speak of many seasons of farming. Old outbuildings that once had a real purpose and played an integral part of the day-to-day workings of the farm.
I'm hoping the barn is still standing next Spring when I return... I am looking forward to hearing more about the stories from Mrs. Nutting.
I grew up along the Delaware River in Bucks County, PA. My earliest memories are of drawing outside with my sketchbook and it evolved into plein air painting with watercolors. I love capturing scenes that inspire me - many I find along my everyday travels in and around Bucks County.